After the international success of Not Here To Be Loved, Stéphane Brizé returns with his usual elegance and subtle scriptwriting, in a story that echoes in each and everyone of us.
Jean leads a pretty ordinary life: he spends his days happily between his construction sites and his house, with his loving wife and son. He feels comfortable in his routine. One day, as he’s picking up Kevin from school, he stumbles upon Mademoiselle Chambon, his son’s teacher. She’s discreet, elegant, mesmerizing, unlike any woman he has ever met before.
This chance encounter will be a turning point in his well-organized life. An opportunity to change or a folly to regret?
A Woman. A Revelation. A Decision.
Mademoiselle Chambon fires up French box-office, grossing over $250,000 on its first day!
Country of Origin: France
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 96 minutes
Director: Stéphane Brizé
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, Aure Atika
Australian release: 10 June 2010
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“Mademoiselle Chambon belongs to a long line of French films exploring desire and the consequences of acting on it…this small, nearly perfect film is a reminder that personal upheavals are as consequential in people’s lives as shattering world events.” – NY Times [Critic’s Pick]
“achieves subtle but devastating impact…compelling” “…a latter-day Brief Encounter…with lots of classical music on the soundtrack”– Hollywood Reporter
“a slow-burn romantic drama that asks its actors to bear the emotional brunt of the film – and its leads deliver” – Time Out New York
‘moving romantic drama’ ‘beautifully observed Brief Encounter-like film’ 4 stars – Tom Ryan, The Age
‘Writer-director Stéphane Brizé’s intimate study of how builder Jean (man’s man Vincent Lindon) and single school-teacher Veronique (delicate Sandrine Kiberlain) discover a bond between them, as if by accident, behaves in an opposite fashion to most films about affairs’ 3 ½ stars Ben McEachen, Sunday Herald Sun
‘deeply moving’ ‘here comes a reminder that a simply story of the human heart, told brilliantly, can be the most absorbing thrill ride of all’ – Julian Shaw, FILMINK
“A beautifully observed film, this is a moving tale about characters bound together by a shared sense of separateness and uncertainty.” The Age (Melbourne) magazine
‘Absolutely brilliant, subtle, intelligent, moving and cinematic’ – Daniele Kemp, SBS Radio (French Language Program)
‘An exquisitely beautiful film about longing, Mademoiselle Chambon uses cinematic language and music to paint an affecting canvass’ – Urban Cinefile
“Beautifully subtle, this is the quiet story of an impossible love between a married man…and his son’s teacher.” “Lindon and Kiberlain give flawless performances” 4 stars – Empire
4 stars – Lynden Barber, Limelight magazine
‘Discretely drawn and elegantly photographed’ – The Village Voice
FILMINK’s ”must-see recommendation” of the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2010
”Mademoiselle Chambon earns high praise from FILMINK for the sheer realism of its emotions and its outsized heart. A domestic drama shot in anamorphic Scope, Stephane Brize’s striking meditation on infidelity soars off the back of ingenious casting.” – Julian Shaw, FILMINK
“…a lovely, restrained performance from Sandrine Kiberlain.” – Philippa Hawker, The Age
“achieves subtle but devastating impact…compelling” – Hollywood Reporter
“Mademoiselle Chambon turns our heart upside down.” Figaro magazine
“A film of great sensitiveness, up close to the truth of emotions.” Le Monde
Stephane Brize lifts this simple story to a genuinely romantic tale. A rare sensitiveness, suspense and guaranteed emotion. Telerama
Sandrine Kiblerlain shines bright…” Le Nouvel OBS